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1. Study shows weight slowly rebounds after stopping Lilly’s weight loss drug

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Monday (December 11) showed that after using Lilly’s Zepbound for about eight months and stopping the medication, the weight of the trial patients slowly rebounded, and half of the lost weight was regained after a year. Specifically, after using Zepbound for about eight months, 670 patients lost 20.9% of their weight. 

Commentary: This shows that Zepbound cannot change the patient’s lifestyle and diet structure, which are the root causes of obesity. Therefore, Zepbound can only be used as an auxiliary treatment method, not a long-term solution.

2. Well-known Apple leaker: iPad series to welcome overhaul, plan to simplify product line and enhance competitiveness

Local time on Monday (December 11), well-known Apple leaker Mark Gurman wrote that Apple will overhaul its iPad series products next year to reduce consumer confusion and provide new momentum for declining sales. Gurman said that the iPad product line was quite clear ten years ago, with two models, one large and one small. But over time, Apple added more options, new low-end models, high-end Air and the strongest Pro version, to attract different types of consumers and ultimately selling more tablets.

Commentary: Apple may want to simplify the product line, highlight the core advantages and differentiation of the iPad, and attract more loyal and high-end users. At the same time, Apple may also launch some new features and services to increase the added value and stickiness of the iPad.

3. Nature: After CRISPR milestone breakthrough, gene editing therapy will enter the 2.0 era

The website of Nature magazine wrote on Monday (December 11) that a series of therapies based on the same principle as bone marrow transplantation are in clinical trials, and CRISPR will enter the 2.0 era. Nature reported that scientists have developed a batch of new CRISPR-based systems that have higher precision and wider applicability than the original gene editor.

Commentary: The 2.0 era of CRISPR means that the safety, efficiency and applicability of this technology will be improved, bringing more hope and possibilities for human health and well-being.

4. Apple reportedly encourages musicians to use high-end audio formats

Apple is offering incentives to artists and record companies to encourage them to use spatial audio technology to make music, immersing listeners in sound. Foreign media quoted informed sources as saying that starting next year, the company plans to increase the weight of songs mixed with Dolby Atmos technology, and artists who use this technology will receive higher royalties.

Comment: Apple encourages musicians to use this technology by providing incentives, also to differentiate itself from other music platforms, and increase the uniqueness and advantages of its music service.

5. Nokia and BT Group reach cooperation on 5G network asset monetization

Local time on Monday (December 11), Nokia and BT Group announced an agreement to develop 5G network monetization opportunities through Nokia’s “Network as Code” platform and developer portal website and BT Group’s cloud-native network. According to the agreement, Nokia’s platform helps operators monetize their 5G network assets, rather than just pure connectivity. It provides application developers with tools such as software development kits and open application programming interfaces.

Comment: This is a deep cooperation between Nokia and BT Group in the 5G field, and also an attempt to explore the value of 5G networks. Nokia’s “Network as Code” platform allows operators to provide their 5G network assets to application developers in a programmable way, creating more business opportunities and revenue.

6. Microsoft and the largest union organization in the United States establish a partnership to explore the positive effects of AI on workers

Eastern time on Monday (December 11), tech giant Microsoft announced on its official website that it has established a new partnership with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). It is understood that the AFL-CIO is the largest union organization in the United States, composed of 60 unions representing 12.5 million workers. The cooperation agreement aims to establish an open dialogue, explore how to meet the needs of workers through artificial intelligence technology, and incorporate their demands into the development and implementation of AI tools.

Comment: Microsoft can better understand and meet the challenges and opportunities that workers face in their work through cooperation with the AFL-CIO, and also improve the quality and applicability of its AI products and services.

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Editor: Alexander